Carrotland is the colloquial name for the combined Norfolk and Suffolk areas of the Lotus Seven Club. The name has been around for many years and was initiated by a former Area Organiser, Ernie Panks. Ernie was one of our keenest members, having built three Caterham Sevens over the years. He used his Aero Screened Superlight daily, in all weathers, to travel to and from work. One evening on the way home from work, he rounded one of his favourite bends to find a pile of carrots in the road. Subsequent blats over the years have revealed further carrots, a sugar beet or two, and the odd heap of best malting barley. All spilled from overloaded farm trailers, towed enthusiastically by young farmers in their tractors.
Yes, you have probably gathered by now that we live in a pretty rural area. We have no motorways and few dual carriageways. We do, however, have some great blatting roads as a result.
Our members are a friendly bunch of people from all walks of life. Interests vary from track days to touring, and from the historic to the hi-tech. The one thing that we have in common is our interest in all things related to the Lotus and Caterham Seven.
Our folk enjoy track days and visits to race days at Snetterton. We have a number of organised blats every year, including an early morning breakfast blat, an annual picnic and from time to time we organise touring holidays at home and abroad. We have toured Scotland, Wales, Yorkshire and France, and have attended the Swiss International meeting at St Moritz.
Our moment of glory was organising and hosting the Club celebrations for Fifty Years of the Seven in September 2007. The Royal Norfolk Showground was hired for a long weekend. Around 700 cars attended, with owners travelling from, literally, all over the world. We were lucky to have Clive and Hazel Chapman as guests of honour, along with the Nearn family and Edward Lewis. Edward was the first person to receive a Lotus Seven. Having taken possession just in time to enter, and win, the 1957 Brighton Speed trial.
We are an easy going bunch of people from all walks of life (No, not all of us are farmers). We meet once a month on the first Monday of the month, from 7pm onwards, at the Scole Inn, Scole, Norfolk IP21 4DR. Eat if you like, drink if you like and kick tyres on the light summer evenings. Why not pop along and say hello, we’ll be very glad to see you.
Please note: The meeting on January 2018 will be the second Monday, 8th January. This is to avoid New Years day, when many of us will be otherwise occupied. Apologies for any inconvenience this might cause. Hope to see you there!
Steve Wright 01787 882209 or 07789 907646